Thursday, October 30, 2014

DESERT RENEWABLE RESOURCE CONSERVATION PLAN & THE PUBLIC HEARINGS (for input) IS A MISDIRECTION PLAY--where was Cook??

Went to DESERT RENEWABLE RESOURCE CONSERVATION PLAN public input meeting in Victorville last night. It is a plan to conserve NOTHING, is a plan to develop wind and solar with NO PROVISION for the building of the needed power lines (so if and when the power lines and easements become needed, it becomes a hidden tax on all of us through bonds or through deficit spending that requires more tax revenue) and it has NO SPECIFICS or MEANS of IMPLEMENTATION of MITIGATION MEASURES NEEDED [if these solar and wind farms are built, and adverse environmental impacts need to be dealt with or mitigated, there is no objective evaluation and enforcement process--which by the way I made a public comment on]. I could go on (talk about water shortage issues, PM-2.5 and PM-10 dust problems causing respiratory damage, air borne mold caused Valley Fever to name a few) but the comments and testimony at the hearing were powerful reasons of why the state needs to FIRST work on conservation plans--ya know things like requiring lower wattage lighting, appliances to name a few, turning down A/C 2 degrees, etc. The slick and well funded program is a Mississippi two step--with counties like ours that have a pro developer mind set and expedited approval processes with little to no due process for citizen groups, the pre-done EIR (Environmental Impact Report with pre-set concerns and fixes--which seems to violate due process, CEQA and the State Public Resources code) will fast track the dumping of these techno dinos into the communities with the smallest voice to oppose these projects without regard to health, safety and resources issues confronted in the unique areas in our Desert--which I made a public comment on. I need to figure out why the US Department of Fish and Game and BLM aren't disclosing what if any federal issues are in play. I will spearhead that inquiry if elected--by the way, Congressman Cook was not present nor anyone from his office.

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Bob Conaway on the road again (no not with Willie Nelson)....

Campaigned in Needles (on Colorado River across from Arizona). Met volunteers getting out the campaign door-to-door, putting up signs and thanked them. Went to the Needles Eagles Lodge and met Lodge Master Anderson--good time over a beer. Met Needles Mayor Paget and was later given a chance to talk with the City Council. Water levels in the Colorado are scary low.  Talked with tribal reps. Met and talked with several people regarding ongoing property boundary disputes. With the drought, the Colorado River will still be a battleground for years to come. As someone familiar with federal laws & treaties, I know I am a better choice than Paul Cook--it all reaffirms my decision to run. Met Captain of Sheriff's Department in Needles--he was very uptight when I introduced myself at Needles Council Meeting--not healthy to be so wound up. San Bernardino Fire and Search and Rescue rep Dave Marshall an ok guy and comfortable talking with even a democrat or two. Leadership is still hopeful about Needles' future. Some development seems in the works from the round-about-way things are being done on easements and road improvement plans--but that was just my sense. Had diner on a patio with friends Bob & Ruth Lopez--great steak Bob! The nights this time of year are so awesome in Needles. BTW went to various spots with Ruth Lopez (candidate for 16th State Senate District), John Coffey (candidate for the 33rd Assembly District)--good fellowship with some bright people with a desire to serve their Districts!

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

A Reminder from a Veteran Campaigner.....

It was the mid 1970's...an ambitious Jerry Lewis was taking on Rubin Ayala...Lewis (like always) outraised his opponent and looked to be the leader. The grass roots efforts of people for all walks of life and communities led to Lewis' defeat. An encouraging parallel. Thanks Bennie!

BOB CONAWAY URGES PAUL COOK TO JOIN HIM in AGREEING to TRY & IMPLEMENT in 2015 a CPI-E COLA [Cost of Living Adjustment] for Social Security beneficiaries before going his tribal buds' Halloween Fundraiser!

This past week, the Social Security Administration announced the cost of living adjustment (COLA) for 2014, and it’s a measly 1.7%. In fact, the last three years, COLAs have been below 2%. As the cost of food, utilities, housing and prescription drugs continue to rise, 1.7% is simply not enough to keep up. But there are still those in Washington who believe this is too generous!
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The people who rely most on Social Security—the elderly, disabled and veterans—spend more on health care than the general population, and those costs have been rising rapidly. That’s why Congress needs to listen to the people and implement the more generous CPI-E, which puts the cost of living formula in line with how Social Security beneficiaries actually spend their benefits.

While Paul Cook rolls into the weekend going to another tribal government sponsored fund raiser on Hallow's Eve at the Morongo Indian Casino, Bob Conaway urges Cook to spend a moment and make a commitment to implement a CPI-E based cost of living annual increase and abandon
the COLA-slashing chained CPI, to help take of those veterans he claims to care about.
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Paul Cook a No-Show Again [a Campaign Trail Update]

On Sunday, I was invited to meet, greet and say a few words at the Seal of Redemption Ministeries International in Victorville (I did not ask for votes or talk politics--but just fellowshipped with Bishop Akpabio & the attendees). I initially met with Bishop (his first name, not title) at a community forum at the Hesperia Public Library [where I met him and another Pastor (Karin Foster)]. The sense in the community is the need for trust in the messenger sent and confidence in his or her ability to report back accurately what is going on in Washington. Openness and being available to answer questions was a given. Being in support of issues important to the community and not special monied interests was a given as well. After I met with a number of people who offered to help with campaign.
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On Monday I attended a candidate forum at the Barstow Senior Citizens Center. It went well. People were disappointed in Paul Cook not showing or sending a rep. Heard some City Council reps talk at the forum. A good bunch of future (and incumbent) leaders. Barstow's future seems bright with people coming forward like the group I saw. Former Mayor Dale and Councilwoman Hernandez were present in the audience who I briefly shared with.
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Met with David Rosse of the National Association of Retired and Veteran Railway Employees, Inc in Barstow. Shared some concerns about recent rulings and/or actions preventing access to a Chaplin in the California State Veterans' Home in Barstow. Amazing stuff going on. I agreed to further talk with Mr. Rosse to see what could be done to get a Chaplin back in the Barstow Veterans Home to help with spiritual needs of residents.
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Good feedback on my campaign's contact efforts from locals that were at the meeting.
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Interesting development. Cook has a fundraiser on Halloween (out of District, of course)--why? How much money is enough (?) [and] besides, with reportedly half of the votes already in as of a week before the election, what is this latest surge of money going to go that Cook's six figure account balance could not pay for (?) unless the intent is to use this fund raiser to help retire OTHER federal campaigns' debts? Interesting how all the big gaming tribes are backing Cook again which does not make sense not only because of the unused money on hand but because the compacts are with our [California] state government, and each of the tribes are sovereign governments that don't have to deal with the feds on anything. One has to wonder what Cook has promised? Interesting to watch.
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Was asked if I have anyone helping me (surrounded at the meeting by no less than a dozen volunteers for just the Barstow area)--I grinned while saying all is going well and as planned.

Monday, October 20, 2014

My Reply [the closest thing to a debate on the issues possible with Paul Cook dodging forums]

[SINCE PAUL COOK WON'T ATTEND CANDIDATE FORUMS--THIS IS MY SUBSTITUTE FOR ISSUE BY ISSUE COMPARISONS--it replies to an article (http://sbsentinel.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/10/Sentinel-10-17-14.pdf) that appeared in the San Bernardino Sentinal newspaper, the link to which is above in the title] 
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Mark (the publisher of the San Bernardino Sentinel):
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Its obvious that Paul Cook avoids the issues, forums and debates at which the issues can be aired out. His votes are terrible for our District!!
1. The 100,000 acres he "saved" for off-road vehicle use is illusory. I was in 29 Palms this past Saturday talking with off roaders and they know the truth--the Marines have the right to take it back all the land by simply saying they need it for training. It was an illusory "save" of the resource-- a face-saving smoke and mirror rear action;
2. As for prioritizing VA claims, ask him what the changes were, and did he and his fellow Boehner adherents really do anything? They are mostly Vietnam vets whose problem is with the underfunded claim review and appeal system, the inadequate staffing at VA facilities (the House refused to take up the McCain-Sanders VA bill which would increase staffing) and having little to no VA sponsored advocacy assistance (which the private sector can be encourage to help with appropriate legislation)--additionally, NOTHING was done by the republican Congress' bill to improve staffing to handle the claim review (and appeals) more objectively and comprehensively for not just this election cycle, but the future
3. The land exchange is interesting, but the people, tribes and or agencies whose land the federal government would be taking haven't been asked if they are ok with it. Is this another government taking without compensation in the wind?
4. Taking credit for reducing the deficit is funny--the sequestration did that which had nothing to do with the current Congress; sorry Paul, don't claim credit where you did not do anything except collect your salary and send out misleading newsletters and flyers;
5. Cook's votes will INCREASE the deficit--just over time so he does not get blamed?
(a) Cook's vote on  HR 2575 will increase the Budget deficit $25.4 billion for the period of 2015-2019 and by $73.7 billion over the 2015-2024 period according to the Congressional Budget Office & the Joint Committee on Taxation, non partisan think tanks
(b) Cook voted yeah on another (duplicative) "Research Tax Credit"--the problem is that cost was not paid for by reductions in any other programs--the effect, taxes will have to be increased to subsidize those giveaways;
(c) Abandoning the Affordable Care Act, will INCREASE the costs of Medicare by taking away the "Young Senior" benefits (aged 50-64), making the people to make it to Medicare eligibility, more impacted by chronic diseases and degenerative conditions that will not get the medical management they would under the "Young Senior" ACA benefits;
6. Paul Cook's makes the claim he wants to fight for constitutional rights--he really does not mean that when he complains he is being "attacked" by me and Paul Hanosh--first, he dodged every forum and debate set up, so its not really clear what his positions are and how (and if) he can back them; second,  Paul needs a history lesson--in the Marines, questioning the authority of your leaders may be an attack; in federal political elections [a new forum for someone highly protected by the State GOP for years--maybe too much so]  we need to distinguish ourselves and be able to stand up and defend the claims being made so the people have the basis to make an informed choice--it's called robust debate--a constitutional principal under the first amendment, so why is he criticizing his opponents? Does he want everyone to get blinded by the service medals and title and, like in the Marine Corps, just shut up?? We have not, and will not Paul Cook. Get a backbone and just maybe if you win, you can really become the leader in Congress you haven't been; third, Paul voted yes to HR 3964, which strips our agencies and courts of the review time they have always needed to look at water project proposals--this is avoiding free speech for special interests to steal water from farmers--with Cadiz and PG&E, don't we have enough of that going on Paul? Opps, I forgot how Cook loves them corporations, giving Monsanto immunity to legal actions and price fixing power over aspects of the agricultural industry they are increasingly controlling;
7. Lowering taxes is the OPPOSITE of what he has done--consider the following:
   (a). Cook voted yeah on HR 4935, bill which will take away a tax credit of $1,725 per year FROM 5,000,000 single moms with two children and cutting the tax credit for 6,000,000 more single moms--that is a TAX increase Mr. Cook!
   (b) HR 4935 will INCREASE the tax credit for families with children making $150,000 per year to $2,200-nothing like taking care of the well heeled at the expense of the lower income families struggling
   (c) Cook increased the government guaranteed student loan interest rate--a de facto tax hike for struggling students that we want to stay off public assistance;.
8. Cook's legislative votes will take jobs away
   HR 5078 & HR 3964 (which Cook voted for) will cost California thousands of jobs per the Congressional Budget Office as it will created penalties for employers, that they will have to pay with reduced hours/potentially layoffs and/or force fields to go fallow for new corporate farmers, which will cause more loss in existing local jobs;
9. The lead statement in your article, if from Cook, is nothing short of amazing [Inadequate Presidential Response Shifts the Burden to Congress]. Boehner, Cook's boss, had roughly 93 days of session, but were paid for a year of work--working a third of the year is hardly taking on a burden.
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Cook needs to defend his votes with something more specific than he is being attacked.  I want a chance to be a part of the solution-finding process--not rubber-stamping failed policies and tactics.
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Bob Conaway
Candidate for the 8th CD

Sunday, October 12, 2014

On English Only Surveys Candidates See this Time of Year

By the time California's first constitution was drafted in 1849, the Gold Rush had already transformed the state's Spanish-speakers into a minority (13,000 of nearly 100,000 residents). Without opposition, however, delegates to California's Constitutional convention in 1849 approved an important recognition of Spanish language rights:

"All laws, decrees, regulations, and provisions emanating from any of the three supreme powers of this State, which from their nature require publication, shall be published in English and Spanish." So it seems the tradition California's founding fathers had in 1849 a different idea [http://www.languagepolicy.net/archives/1879con.htm].
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Mr. Ayers who represented the Los Angeles area testified in 1849 testified :"Mr. AYERS. ... In the section of the State which I represent [Los Angeles County] there are large portions of it which are entirely populated by a Spanish-American population, not a foreign population, but a population who were here before we were here, and I wish to say that almost without an exceptional instance these natives of California, who were adults at the time this State was ceded to the United States by Mexico, are still in the same condition, as far as their knowledge of English is concerned. There are but very few of them, if any, who understand our language at all, and, if I am not mistaken, in the treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo there was an assurance that the natives should continue to enjoy the rights and privileges they did under their former Government, and there was an implied contract that they should be governed as they were before. It was in this spirit that the laws were printed in Spanish.
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One of the other delegates [a Judge Rolfe from San Bernardino] saied, "there are townships in Southern California which are entirely Spanish, or Spanish-American. ... [I]t would be wrong, it seems to me, for this Convention to prevent these people from transacting their local business in their own language. It does no harm to Americans, and I think they should be permitted to do so... .This is not a question of demagogism, or partisanism; it is a question of right. Now, I know that in Southern California there are districts and communities that are so entirely Spanish that if you deprive them of the right to continue their proceedings in Justices' Courts in Spanish, you will deprive them of justice".
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See also: http://www.loc.gov/rr/hispanic/ghtreaty/
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Kinda suggests the Spanish language is part of the fabric of what California was founded on?? It seems if Ayers is right, then to impose in the acquired territories under that Treaty an English Only rule, would violate that law??
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What says you??
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Taking this further, are we denying as Ayers suggests, depriving the Spanish speaking only population of justice by English only courtrooms?